Summertime is a wonderful time. Warm weather means pool parties, beach trips, and plenty of fun to go around. Unfortunately, warm weather and longer sunny days also come with higher energy usage and (sometimes insanely) high electric bills. If you are looking for solutions beyond adjusting your air conditioner settings, take a look at these ideas.
Is your AC running but not keeping you cool?
While it would be possible to do without A/C and bask in the glory of incredibly low electric bills, this is certainly not ideal, especially in areas where the temperatures reach 90 degrees (F) or higher, like Atlanta, GA. Since we all want to keep our homes comfortably cool during the hot season, it is important to find ways to cut back on energy consumption without sacrificing comfort.
Believe it or not, this is possible to do. By using a combination of ac energy savings tricks, anyone can lower their electric bill, and many will be able to lower it by quite a bit.
There are hundreds of different ways to save small amounts of electricity in your day-to-day life. For now, we’ll focus on just a few of those tricks. All of the tips we will be going over today revolve around the fact that adding heat to your home will in turn raise your electric bill, and they all take advantage of the very thing you are likely trying to combat with your air conditioner: the warm summer weather. After all, if you can’t beat ’em, why not join ’em?
Let’s head outside and keep costs down AND stay cool with these energy-saving tips.
1. Fire Up the Grill
The oven and stove heat up the house. As soon as you begin raising the temperature in your home, the air conditioner kicks on, and will continue running until it catches up with the heat your kitchen appliances are putting out. Because a continuously running A/C unit uses a boatload of energy, this is one quick way to rack up a huge electric bill.
Instead of heating up your home with oven or stovetop meals, take your meals outside and cook your dinner on the grill instead. Spending the evening in the outdoors enjoying the summer weather is good for your spirits, and everyone loves a good grilled burger, steak, chicken breast, or veggie skewer.
If the grill doesn’t provide enough variety for your family, try adding some slow cooker meals to the mix. Slow cookers put off a relatively small amount of heat, and anyone with an outdoor outlet could even plug in this handy device outside. It’s all about taking the heat out of your home.
2. Just Hang Out
Speaking of heat-producing appliances, let’s talk about your clothes dryer. Your dryer is one of the biggest heat producers in your home. It is also a fairly new invention, which means many people before you have lived without a clothes dryer without an issue. How did they do it? They used a clothesline, of course!
Hanging your clothes out to dry takes full advantage of the hot summer weather and also reduces the total amount of heat in your home. You might be surprised by the short amount of time required to dry your laundry in the mid-summer heat, and you will likely love the fresh scent they retain after being dried in the sun.
3. Go All Natural
One other heat-producing (and energy-consuming) appliance you may want to consider putting away for the summer is your hair dryer. The warm summer weather means allowing your hair to dry naturally is a quick process, and on days spent relaxing in the water it’s pretty silly to blow your hair dry anyway.
As an added bonus, by reducing your hair dryer usage, you may see an improvement in your overall hair health.
As mentioned before, these are just a few of the many ways to save energy during the hot summer months. Check back often for even more great tips and tricks!
If your intimidated by programming your thermostat and adjusting your air conditioner settings or you just want your air conditioner to keep you a little cooler, then you should give us a call at 770-988-4822 or schedule an appointment online. Our expert repair technicians have the experience to handle live electrical circuits. They can quickly install your thermostat so you can start saving money and energy.